As a food writer, I've seen my fair share of food trends become genuinely divisive in their public reception. Not even a month ago, "butter boards" had the internet in an absolute war over whether they were actually cool or just "gross and wasteful trendy bullshit." Come to think of it, I don't think I've ever seen a buzzy new recipe become anything but polarizing in the long run...until I came across this viral dessert on Reddit that everyone — and I do mean everyone — couldn't get enough of.
Behold: Big Mama's "secret" cinnamon roll cake in all her cinnamon-y glazed glory, even though it's...admittedly not so secret anymore.
When I first stumbled upon the recipe months ago, I didn't think much of it. Why? Well, even though I cook and write about food for a living, I juuuuuust don't *love* baking. No judgment, please. It takes a lot for me to bust out ye olde hand mixer, but after closely following the barrage of love and glowing reviews for this cake in the months that followed, I thought it might finally be time to reconsider my stance. Like, we're talking a lot of people vouching for this recipe, folks.
I reached into the furthest, darkest corner of my least-used cabinet, washed the inch-thick layer of dust off of my hand mixer, and decided that it was time to attempt Big Mama's cinnamon roll cake for myself — and I'm so incredibly glad that I did. Truth be told, it was one of the easiest desserts I've ever baked in my own kitchen, and it tasted like it required way more work than it actually did.
Here's how it all went down.
And before we dive in: It's worth noting that some redditors have asked the original poster questions about some specific details and steps that were left out of the posted recipe, shown below. No shade to the OP, truly! I'm forever in their debt for spilling their Big Mama's secrets in the first place. But as a result, I'll do my best to flesh out the recipe a bit more so no one leaves with any confusion.